Nova Craft Prospector 17 - SP3

17 Foot Open canoe, Ideal for long expeditions or big families!

The Nova Craft Prospector 17, at 17 feet long is one of the largest canoes on the market and offers a huge amount of space, either for long expeditions or to accomodate your whole family.

Prospector 17 SP3 - £999.00 (RRP £1,099.00 - Saving £100.00)

Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3

Nova Craft Prospector 17

Nova Craft Prospector 17 Can have Plastic Seats Fitted
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Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3


The Prospector 17 made it's name as a wilderness expedition boat on the rivers and lakes of candada. If you are looking for a canoe that can be loaded with enough supplies for a long multi day trip, or the perfect boat to get the whole family out on the water then the Prospector 17 would make a great option.

The Prospector 17 has all the classic features that the smaller Prospectors in the series have, including the symmetrical hull which will allow for dynamic tandem and solo paddling. It also has higher sides resulting in a greater volume and load capacity to ensure that you do not sit to low in the water when fully loaded.


Much like the rest of the Prospector range, the shallow arch hull will ensure an incredibly stable ride and ensure that you stay nimble enough to tackle more challenging sections of moving water and that it will handle well in windy conditions.

The Prospector 17 has all the traditional features you would expect to see on a canoe of this quality, including wood webbed seats, ash carry handles and an expertly designed yoke that has been shaped to fit your shoulders perfectly allowing for maximum comfort for long portages.

Want a Lighter Prospector 17? The Nova Craft Prospector 17 is also available to order in Novacraft’s tuffstuff material, Nova Craft Prospector 17 - Tuffstuff.



The Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 is also available with moulded plastic seats. Please call us on 01202 625256 for pricing and availability.

Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 features

Nova Craft Canoes Outfitting

  • Reinforced vinyl gunwales with rotomoulded end deck plates as standard trim.
  • Ash framed seats with webbing
  • Ash carry handles at bow and stern.
  • Deluxe sculpted ash centre yoke, shaped to spread the weight across your shoulders evenly and it has even got a small notch for the small bone in your neck
  • Symmetrical Hull
  • Shallow Arch Bottom
  • Moderate Rocker
  • Large Carrying Capacity
  • Can be fitted with up to 2 additional seats (4 total)



SP3 Dimensions

  • Length: 17' / 518cm
  • Width: 36" / 91.5cm
  • Weight: 99lb / 45kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 1200lbs 545kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 for your weight

Standard Options

SP3 - Plastic

SP3 canoe hulls are made by roto-molding three layers of superlinear polyethylene powder. The two outer layers are solid and the middle layer is foam. These canoes are extremely strong and are an excellent choice for general recreational, white water and touring use.


Available to order - Please call or email for availability and pricing


Fibreglass – Fibreglass canoes are made using woven layers for fibreglass cloth laid out over a mould that sets into place. Fibreglass canoes are very light weight and durable and are a great choice for long distance touring or racing paddlers. 


Tuffstuff canoes are made from a blend of basalt and Innegra fibres. Basalt fibres are made of melted volcanic basalt rock and Innegra is a fibre consisting mostly of polypropylene. These are woven together into a cloth and mixed with high impact vinylester resin, the result is that TuffStuff canoes are the amongst the strongest and most versatile on the market today. Tuffstuff canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a light weight boat for use on flat water and slow moving rivers.

Tuffstuff Expedition

Tuffstuff Expedition is a heavier duty version of the standard TuffStuff construction. Tuffstuff Expadition canoes are more robust and stiffer offering greater performance and incredible impact resistance. Tuffstuff expedition canoes are a great choice for paddlers looking for a light weight boat for use on flat water and sections of rocky moving water.


Aramid Lite

Aramid canoes are the lightest boats in the Novercraft range. They are built by infusing Aramid cloth with a high impact resistant vinylester resin. Aramid canoes have great strength to weight ratio. Aramid canoes are intended for flat water touring, racing and expedition use.


Blue Steel

Blue Steel canoes are made of an aramid and carbon fibre hybrid material. These canoes are light weight like the canoes made of Aramid Lite but are significantly stronger. The carbon fibers add stiffness to the hull resulting in an increase in paddling efficiency. Blue Steel has an inner layer of Innegra creating a high impact resistant vinylester resin makes for a very rugged canoe. Blue Steel canoes are most at home on flatwater and the look of the carbon fiber is stunning.

Standard Colours - SP3

Nova Craft Prospector 17  Green




We offer a nationwide delivery service for the Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3, the delivery price is shown in the shopping basket.

Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3 online from our website and collect from our shop in Hamworthy, Poole or you can collect from any of our sister stores. There is no cost associated with instore collection.

Our other stores are:

  • Southampton Canoes - Totton
  • Cornwall Canoes - St. Columb Road, Nr Newquay
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven, East Sussex
  • Kayaks & Paddles Plymouth, Devon
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich

We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.

Give us a call on 01202 625256 if you have any questions about the Nova Craft Prospector 17 SP3


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